April 23, 2006 - Posted at 12:13 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Former U-S Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia says
the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq is immoral.
Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm in the Vietnam War, appeared
yesterday with retired General Wesley Clark at the Arkansas Vietnam
Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the state Capitol.
Their appearance was part of a tribute during the Arkansas Young
Democrats state convention to residents of the state who served in
Cleland recited a brief poem he said had been written by a
veteran of the Duke of Wellington's army after the victory over
Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. The poem lamented that, while both
God and soldiers are revered during wartime, both are soon
forgotten and slighted once peace is attained. Cleland told the
crowd of about 60 people that he was glad to be in a state where
that was not the case.
He noted a major difference between the soldiers who served with
him in Vietnam and those serving in Iraq -- those in Vietnam were
mostly drafted, while the soldiers in Iraq have volunteered to wear
a uniform. He said it is immoral to abuse the good nature of our
young people, and send them back and back and back into combat with
no strategy to win, and no strategy to end the war.